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5 Ways to Correct Desk Posture and Set up an Ergonomically Correct Desk

Posted by Path Interactive on : July  30,  2015
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Logging in a lot of time on a computer? The time sitting at your desk could be wreaking havoc on your back and neck. According to a survey conducted by the American Osteopathic Association, 2 in 3 office workers had experienced physical pain within the last six months. 1 in 4 people surveyed believed that this was just a standard part of having an office job.

At Benhar, we believe a lot of this pain and discomfort can be alleviated through ergonomically correct desk design and correct desk posture. Ergonomically correct desks and chairs can help to reduce stress, eliminate injuries and avoid disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture and repeated tasks. But your behavior factors into this as well – here’s what you can do to make yourself comfortable.

1. Desk Chair Posture

In order to help ensure your comfort, it’s important to adjust your chair’s seat to a proper height. Your seat should be positioned so that your thighs are parallel to the floor and your feet are flat on the ground. Your arms should be positioned at the same height as your desk.

In addition to these general rules of thumb for desk chair posture, there are new trends in workspace seating that are worth being aware of. Standing desks are becoming increasingly popular across the country for a number of health-related reasons, and you can learn more about the health benefits of standing desks elsewhere on our blog. Exercise balls have also seen some traction as an office chair substitute and you can learn more about this trend here.

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2. Monitor Placement

Your screen should be directly in front of you at eye level, and be between 20 and 40 inches away from your eyes. If your screen is too high or too low, it can cause you to bend or strain your neck which may result in stiffness and pain. You should also strive to have your screen as glare-free as possible from overhead lighting or sunlight.

3. Keyboard Placement

When using your keyboard or mouse, your arms should be at or below a 90-degree angle with your elbows by your sides. This allows for your muscles to remain relaxed. Since the keyboard is asymmetrical due to the number pad on the right, you will want to align the keyboard so that the letter “b” is in front of you. This ensures that the keyboard letter keys are properly centered.

4. For Correct Desk Posture, Stay Neutral

Poor posture can sabotage even an ergonomically correct desk. Luckily, poor posture can be easily fixed with “neutral body positioning,” a comfortable working posture in which your joints are naturally aligned. The US Department of Labor gives great examples of four neutral working positions.

5. Move Around

As your muscles become tired, poor posture or slouching becomes more likely. A great way to correct this is to give your back and neck a break from sitting in the same position. Get up, stand, stretch, or walk around every half hour for two minutes.

At Benhar Office Interiors, we’re crusaders for correct desk posture and provide ergonomically sound office solutions for businesses of all sizes. We welcome you to explore the range of ergonomically optimized solutions we offer, get in touch with us online, or call us at 212-481-6666 to discuss your specific needs.

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